30 Best Bars in Manchester
With so many places to choose from, you can easily become dizzy when it comes to choosing where to drink in Manchester. Lucky for you, we’ve put together a list of some of the best bars in Manchester that you can’t afford to miss.
Known for its vibrancy and rich culture, Manchester’s individuality is reflected best through its trendy cocktail bars and craft ale pubs alike all across the city. We’ve put together an extensive list of some of the best spots that this exciting city has to offer, no matter how you want to celebrate!
30 Bars in Manchester to Visit
1. Bunny Jackson's
Priding itself on being the “home of the 10p wing”, Bunny Jacksons Manchester is the perfect spot to enjoy the chilled out atmosphere of an American sports bar with some fantastic comfort food and live music. If you’re looking to make a change from the usual British bar/pub atmosphere, then this is a fantastic choice! Have a read through all of the Manchester events to know about during your stay.
1 Jack Rosenthal St | Website
Boasting some of the most weird and wonderful cocktails on their menu, Arcane Manchester may be hidden away beneath an old Victorian building, but it packs a real punch when it comes to making great drinks in a warm and cosy atmosphere.
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2 S King St | Website
3. Science & Industry
Science and Industry Manchester describes itself as an experimental drinking and dining experience. Located in the popular and vibrant Northern Quarter, this bar prides itself on having an in-house “drinks laboratory” where their main goal is to trial and create some of the most interesting cocktails around!
49-51 Thomas St | Website
4. The Britons Protection
Known for being one of the oldest pubs in Manchester, The Britons Protection is everything you would expect from a cosy traditional English pub. However, don’t be fooled by its size or age; this popular spot holds over a whopping 300 varieties of whiskey, so if that’s your drink of choice, this pub is a great choice!
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50 Great Bridgewater St | Website
5. Twenty Twenty Two
Hidden away in the heart of the Northern Quarter is Manchester’s best ping pong bar, Twenty Twenty Two Manchester. Instead of playing pool all night, punters can enjoy a fast paced game of table tennis whilst enjoying some fantastic cocktails in a vibrant and exciting atmosphere. This is definitely a place you don’t want to skip! Check out the best bars in Windsor for some fun and unique bars.
20 Dale St | Website
6. The Pen & Pencil
Another Northern Quarter bar that definitely earns a mention, The Pen and Pencil Manchester is an exciting bar and eatery that combines the chilled out atmosphere of a bottomless brunch breakfast spot and a late night spot to enjoy a great atmosphere and even better drink choices!
2 Concert St |Website
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3 Hardman Sq | Website
8. The Liquor Store
Right in the heart of Manchester just a stones throw away from Deansgate, The Liquor Store Manchester is a quirky venue that prides itself as being a two-time winner of the “Best Late Night Venue” award. Serving a host of amazing liquors from around the world and featuring a lively atmosphere, this bar isn’t one to miss if you find yourself around the area.
40 Blackfriars St | Website
9. The Liar's Club
Living up to its name with its location on the Manchester Canal next to a lock, Lock 91 Manchester is a small, quirky yet exciting bar that lays claim to some of the best cocktails the city has to offer, including a range of quirky mixes and classic cocktails alike. This isn’t a place to be overlooked for any of you cocktail lovers out there! After you've been to some of these bars try out one of the best clubs in Manchester.
9 Century St | Website
10. Lock 91
Living up to its name with its location on the Manchester Canal next to a lock, Lock 91 Manchester is a small, quirky yet exciting bar that lays claim to some of the best cocktails the city has to offer, including a range of quirky mixes and classic cocktails alike. This isn’t a place to be overlooked for any of you cocktail lovers out there!
9 Century St | Website
11. The Font
Serving some of the most aesthetically pleasing cocktails in the city, The Font Manchester has an extraordinary selection of cocktails that are not only some of the most interesting mixes that you could possibly find, but also very affordable. Also boasting a great choice of craft ales and spirits as well, this bar is certainly a great place for some great cocktails.
7-9 New Wakefield St | Website
12. BrickHouse Social
An extremely diverse venue right in the centre of the Oxford Road station area, BrickHouse Social Manchester has everything you could think of all in one place. Combining a “brew bar” on the roof terrace serving bespoke tea and coffee to bottomless brunches, a great range of cocktails and pale ales and even an underground event space, this is a bar you don’t want to miss no matter what time of day it is!
11-13 New Wakefield St | Website
13. Revolution Deansgate Locks
Known for its fantastic selection of tasty cocktails, delicious food menu dishes and atmosphere, Revolution Deansgate is everything you would expect out of a Revolution bar apart from its location in one of Manchester’s best party hotspots beneath the distinctive railway arches!
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Arch 7 Whitworth St W | Website
14. Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn
Another nod to the up-and-coming vibrancy of the Northern Quarter; Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn is a California-Mexican inspired bar and restaurant that hosts a great selection of tequilas, beers and cocktails, with an especially fantastic choice of margaritas to choose from!
100-102 High St | Website
15. The Knott Bar
Another exceptional Deansgate bar that deserves a mention, The Knott Bar Manchester serves some of the best of British when it comes to real ales and craft beers, including a vast continental range of bottled and draft beer from Belgium and beyond, including the USA. If you love beers from around the world, here should be a top choice when in the city.
374 Deansgate | Website
16. Dusk Til Pawn
Hidden behind a pawn shop façade, Dusk Til Pawn Manchester is a fantastic cocktail den inspired by the prohibition era of the early 20th century, which you could easily miss if you walked past it on the street without knowing! With authenticity and great drinks at its heart, you should stop by here if you can find it!
Stevenson Sq | Website
Sister bar to Dusk Til Pawn, NoHo Manchester in the lively Northern Quarter takes inspiration from its surroundings with a tasteful street art interior and inspiration from the states with its New York inspired cocktail menu, including its own signature NoHo cocktail! If you find yourself in the area and fancy yourself to be a lover of great street art and even better cocktails, stop by here for a great experience.
Stevenson Sq | Website
18. All Star Lanes
Tackling the idea of boring bowling alleys and bringing it to a whole new level, All Star Lanes Manchester combines bowling with a fantastic restaurant and equally amazing bar with a great selection of craft beers and individual cocktails, all hosted in a beautiful bespoke venue with a classy interior.
235 Deansgate | Website
19. Black Dog Ballroom
Another fantastic location in the arty Northern Quarter, Black Dog Ballroom Manchester is an authentic New York inspired venue that combines a bar, diner and pool hall all into one stylish and vibrant venue. Hosting resident DJs and live acoustic performances each week, this is definitely worth a visit for a laid back American-style bar experience.
52 Church St | Website
20. Dog Bowl
Sister venue to the Black Dog Ballroom, the Dog Bowl Manchester hosts five ten pin bowling lanes, a fantastic New York inspired interior and delicious food menu items and a great range of drinks all under one roof with an electric atmosphere. If you’re looking to have a few games of bowling with a few drinks in a classy alternative bar, then this should be one of your top choices!
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21. Dirty Martini
A truly unique venue that oozes class, Dirty Martini Manchester is an all round great place for food, drinks and partying throughout the week. Serving some of the best cocktails that Manchester has to offer all in a vibrant atmosphere that brings in people from all over the city, Dirty Martini is a great choice of venue for both celebrations and chilled drinks.
1 Peter St | Website
22. Hold Fast Bar
Priding itself on its attention to detail and individuality in the heart of the vibrant and already crowded Northern Quarter, Hold Fast has brought itself to the forefront of local attention for its alternative nautical-themed style, this is a brilliant drinking experience for those looking to switch up the usual atmosphere for something completely out of the ordinary.
50 Newton St | Website
23. Flight Club
Boasting an electric atmosphere in a truly unique and authentic darts bar, Flight Club Manchester has earned a name for itself because of its fantastic take on classic pub darts, bringing the sport to the focus of its venue, bringing a real social element to the entire experience at this venue. Serving some delicious bespoke cocktails, spirits, beers, wines and almost everything in between, you’ll have a blast at this award-winning bar.
98 King St | Website
24. Foundry Project
A rustic bar that combines modern elements with classic early 20th century features, Foundry Project Manchester is an interesting venue to say the least! Claiming to have the “Happiest Menu in Town”, their wide variety of ales, beers, spirits, cocktails and more will leave you spoilt for choice.
22-10 Thomas St | Website
25. Be at One
Right next to Deansgate in the very heart of this exciting city, Be at One Manchester boasts an exception list of over 100 cocktails, this vibrant and contemporary bar is a much loved regular spot for people living in Manchester and visiting the city. A fantastic venue for stag, hen and group celebrations as well as casual drinks, this is definitely a venue worth considering.
13 Barton Arcade | Website
26. Cane and Grain
A partner to the previously mentioned Science & Industry Bar, Cane and Grain Manchester pays homage to the skateboarding scene of the 1980s with its relaxed atmosphere, brilliant selection of craft beers and ales and serving its signature ribs throughout the day, you will feel right at home in the cosy eccentric bar in the Northern Quarter that has no comparison!
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49-51 Thomas St | Website
27. The Washhouse
Having to pass through a laundrette façade and through a secret door to get in, The Washhouse Manchester is one of the most talked about new “secret bars” in the city, known for its stylish contemporary atmosphere and interior that’s a big hit for local drinkers. If you’re a fan of secret bars and an even better drinks menu in the busy Shudehill area, then you’ll love this place!
19 Shudehill | Website
28. Convenience Store
Convenience Store Manchester is another bar fronted by a façade, outwardly showcasing itself as a corner shop hiding its exciting and vibrant atmosphere and one of a kind interior behind it. With a selection of signature cocktails that you won’t find anywhere else in the city and a great selection of beers and sharing food, you shouldn’t overlook this unsuspecting Northern Quarter bar whatsoever!
100-102 High St | Website
From the creators of the extremely popular Deaf Institute, Gorilla Manchester is a brilliant drinking and dining experience combined with an electric club and live music space that has become a huge success in the area. Whether its relaxed drinks with your friends at the cosy contemporary bar or enjoying some classic comfort food, this is a great location you don’t want to miss!
54-56 Whitworth St | Website
30. Terrace NQ
This industrial inspired bar in the Northern Quarter is a cosy rustic bar that features warm low lighting and exposed brick walls that really give it a welcoming feel, with a huge variety of cask ales, draught beers and guest beers. If you’re looking for something different, this bar also stocks some amazing cocktails and spirits that you can indulge in at this one of a kind venue!
43 Thomas St | Website